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|36k||Riley Franklin McConnell was born 22 July 1884 at Gate City, Va., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy 7 June 1909. For over three decades he carried out a wide variety of assignments. During World War I he served as navigator in Arkansas; later, he had duty as executive officer in Ohio, Relief, and Chicago; and in 1935 and 1936 he commanded Milwaukee. Following instruction at the Naval War College, he served on the staff of Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet, between 1925 and 1927. Commissioned captain 1 September 1934, he returned to the Asiatic Fleet and served as Chief of Staff from 30 October 1936 to 25 July 1939. For distinguished service during this period, he received the Navy Cross. He assumed command of the Naval Training Station at San Diego 22 August 1939 and died while on active duty there 12 July 1940.
USS McConnell (DE 163) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo Courtesy of the San Diego Navy Historical Association)
|95k||June 1943: Bows on overhead of USS McConnell (DE 163) immediately after her May 28th commissioning. This photo gives a good overhead view of the Cannon class destroyer escort layout. (Photo from the U.S. Naval Recognition Manual, 1943-45 Ed.)||Mike Green|
|68k||16 June 1943 (National Archives Photo)||Frank Harmon|
|54k||27 July 1944 (National Archives Photo)||Ens. E.J. McCoy|
|65k||6 January 1945: Bow on view of USS McConnell (DE 163) off Mare Island. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-227-45)||Darryl Baker|
|86k||6 January 1945: Broadside view of McConnell. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 22 November 1944 until 10 January 1945. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-224-45)|
|77k||6 January 1945: Stern view of McConnell. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 22 November 1944 until 10 January 1945. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-222-45)|
|119k||9 January 1945: Aft plan view of McConnell at Mare Island. Areas modified by the shipyard are shown in the circled areas. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-281-45)|
|162k||9 January 1945: Forward plan view. Areas modified by the shipyard are shown in the circled areas. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-282-45)|
|McConnell's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 28 May 1943 - 31 Aug. 1943||Cdr. David Dean Humphreys (comm)|
|2.) 20 Sep. 1943 - 23 Jul. 1944||Lt. Richard C. Young, USNR|
|3.) 23 Jul. 1944 - 06 Jun. 1945||Lcdr. Loria C. Oglesby, USNR|
|4.) 06 Jun. 1945 - 16 Jul. 1945||Lt. Henry A. Breed, USNR|
|5.) 16 Jul. 1945 - 13 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Frank M. Keathley, USNR|
|6.) 13 Dec. 1945 - 01 Mar. 1946||Lt.(jg) Thomas A. Kelly, USNR|
|7.) 01 Apr. 1946 - 01 May 1946||Lt.(jg) Fred A. Baker, USNR|
|8.) 01 Jun. 1946 - 26 Jun. 1946||diary unsigned (decomm)|
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